String Cheese Incident Live at Trinity County Fairgrounds on 2003-07-30
Set 2: Galactic > So What > Galactic, Texas Town, Sittin' on Top of the World, Joyful Sound, Blackberry Blossom¹, Dark Hollow¹, On the Road, Shakin' the Tree, Round the Wheel
Thanks to Sandy Alexander for supplying the acoustic segments of this recording!
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Subject: Graet Fans make Great bands
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Subject: In case you were wondering
This is a great show BTW!
7/31/2003 firstname.lastname@example.org top of page
Just got back to San Francisco from the Hayfork shows. After driving to what seemed like the middle of nowhere and despite 100 degree heat, it was a great place for a show. It was nice to see the turnout for midweek shows that offered a travelling challenge. Without delving into the whole scene discussion, everyone should know that these shows reflected a relaxed Northern California atmosphere...the scene was small, manageable and reminiscent of the old days at High Sierra when cheese was making its way up the ranks to stardom.
Anyway, in terms of the show, it really speaks volumes to where these guys are playing this summer. They are in "tight jam" mode that gets the crowd rocking to another level. Most of the songs featured atleast one jam that got the beat rolling and the place rocking.
"Mercy..." opener was great and led into a great BOTWP...I remember thinking during the jam that it was only the second song and already they were in the groove. Things really picked up with "Can't Stop Now" as the crowd got rolling with some bluegrass. But it was the end of the set that was amazing...as the band played "Close your eyes" and began bringing up the volume they teased "texas" and then dropped into it without missing a beat...we were thinking it would be the closer the whole time...and then suddenly at the end of "Texas", a new jam gave way to "Shine". It was one of the best endings to a first set that I have ever seen from the Cheese...if not the best-definitely the tightest first set I have seen all summer.
As the second set began, it was obvious that there was some technical problems going on...the sound kept dropping out...and then coming back on within 30 seconds. To their credit, the band just kept playing note for note and when the sound came back, it was as though it never happened. I guess you have to expect weird things to go wrong in the middle of nowhere with a generator exposed to 100 degree heat all day. The amazing thing about this whole problem was it gave me a chance to see deeper into the relationship this band has with its audience. The sound dropped during Joyful SOund and clearly was not coming back on anytime soon. So, the crowd jumped in and sang the refrain (NA,NA,NA...you know how it goes)and inspired the band to keep playing...so they did. The boys moved to the front of the stage and just played with Kang on fiddle, Kyle on accordian and Keith singing...Travis was up there too but Nershi was backstage. It was amazing to see the band keep it together while the crowd looked at this huge problem as a rare treat...a chance to see Cheese unplugged and acoustic. Most bands would have walked off stage, but these guys played Blackberry Blossom, and Dark Hollow while the sound was getting fixed. It was amazing to see them make the most of a bad situation while the crowd just loved it!! This allowed them to close the show hard with an amazing run...during OTR, Keith's bass dropped and so Kyle picked up the beat on the keys...the band went into one of the best funk jams that I have seen all summer...without a bass player.
Reality is this...String Cheese Incident is a group of amazing individual musicians who know how to play like no other band...they also know how to make their fans happy. After seven shows this summer, I must admit...I am very happy to see them continually take it to another level and create amazing energy night after night.
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